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Should the state continue to provide substitute care? With a new UK government likely to implement a number of changes in social care provision, Michael Little challenges the effectiveness of current services provided by the state for looked after children.
In a reply to the preceding article, Ian Sinclair examines the four main arguments put forward in Michael Little's challenge to current social care provision: the care system is not ethical, it is out of date and arbitrary, and too little is known about it. Furthermore, there is an alternative.
When children enter a foster family they face a new family culture. At the University of Siegen, Germany, Daniela Reimer and her colleagues analysed biographies of young adults who had spent some of their lives in foster care. Their aim was to explore how children overcome these cultural changes...
This is one of a series of articles reporting on the large-scale Northern Ireland care pathways and outcomes study (McSherry et al, 2008). The study has been examining a population of young children (n = 374) who were in care under five years of age in Northern Ireland and followed up across a...
This article by Jenny Kenrick focuses on the impact of intensive contact with birth parents for the carers of infants placed by concurrent planning. It follows an earlier article focusing on the infants placed (Kenrick, 2009). Among the themes to emerge are the uncertainties intrinsic to the...
The study discussed here by Gunnel Osterman, Anders Möller and Ingegerd Wirtberg aimed to find out if any observable themes or patterns recur when using the Marte Meo (MM) method with adoptive parents, and if the parents feel that working with this method helps them to interact with their child....
Looked after children are at high risk of developing mental health problems and these are often complex and related to other needs and agency involvement. Consequently, there is increasing policy emphasis on the importance of joint service planning and implementation. In practice, however, the...
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